Senate Suspends APC Lawmaker Omo-Agege

Senate president Bukola Saraki

The Senate Committee on Public Petitions, Ethics and Privileges which investigated him over comment on the reordering of electoral timetable recommended his suspension.

The governor, who spoke at the 2018 yearly Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Section on Legal Practice Conference in Port Harcourt yesterday, tasked Nigerian legal practitioners to rise up and insist on the relevance of the amended Electoral Act 2010.

Aside Saraki and the Senate, other defendants in the suit are Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, Clerk of the Senate, the Department of State Services, the Attorney-General of the Federation, Inspector- General of Police and Senator Omo-Agege.

He, however, reduced the suspension from 180 legislative days to 90.

The Supreme Court has set July 6 to deliver judgment in the appeal filed by the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, challenging the ruling of the Court of Appeal which asked the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) to try him on three of the 18 counts brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

"Second, is where we take actions that are not honest".

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Saraki said, "Distinguished Colleagues, a number of points have been raised. To me, that is what I think is the most important thing for us", Saraki said.

He expressed his displeasure that some people "act like they are holier than thou" at the expense of others. This is not something that we should tolerate, and I believe that in an institution like this we must show discipline, but at the same time we must also show compassion. We must show that such groups must be suspended and the case in court must be withdrawn.

On Wednesday, Omo-Agege's lawyer, Mr. E. R. Emukpoeuo, had moved his client's ex parte application filed before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba on April 3, 2017.

The plaintiffs in their affidavit of claim averred to by M. G. Duku and C.E. Umweni of M. G. Duku and Associates, Abuja, are seeking a declaration that the rights of the people of Delta Central Senatorial District to an unfettered representation in the legislative business of the Senate by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege constitutionally guaranteed for a tenure of four years can not be abridged, suspended, abrogated and or vitiated, except as stipulated by the 1999 Constitution (As amended), among others.

The respondents were all absent during Friday's hearing.

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